Suge Knight associates indicted for conspiracy
Toilin Kelly and Mark Blankenship are accused of selling video of hit-and-run to TMZ
Marion ‘Suge’ Knight appears for a hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Embed
Jailed rap mogul Suge Knight fiancee and business partner indicted for alleged violation of court order; pair sold video of fatal hit-and-run
LOS ANGELES — Two people have been charged with violating a court order by selling video evidence that is under seal in connection with the murder trial of former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
A grand jury returned the indictment against Toilin Kelly and Mark Blankenship on July 28 for one felony count each of conspiracy to violate a court order, conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy to commit grand theft.
The indictment was unsealed after Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges. She is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 19 for a bail review hearing. An arraignment date will be set later for Blankenship.
Deputy District Atty. Stefan Mrakich is prosecuting the case.
Kelly and Blankenship are accused of arranging the sale of a video of a fatal hit-and-run involving Knight about two weeks after the Jan. 29, 2015, incident. Knight, 52, is awaiting trial, accused of using his truck to kill 55-year-old Terry Carter and injuring Cle “Bone” Sloan while visiting Tam’s Burgers in Compton, where Dr. Dre was filming footage connected with the NWA biopic, “Straight Outta Compton.” Authorities said the incident followed an argument on the film set.
L.A. County Superior Court Judge Ricardo Ocampo granted the prosecution’s motion for a protective order that prohibited the release of any evidence in the murder case, including the video, from being released to the public.
Kelly, Knight’s girlfriend, and Blankenship, a business partner, spent nearly a month brokering a deal with TMZ, a celebrity news website, according to the indictment. The two defendants allegedly were aware the video was under a protective order, the prosecutor said.
Kelly allegedly reached a deal worth $55,000 and TMZ posted the video on its site days later.
If convicted as charged, Kelly and Blankenship each face up to three years in state prison that could be served in local custody.